A winter getaway is an effective tonic for cabin fever, and one often overlooked way to make any trip more fruitful is to investigate out-of-the-ordinary lodging in your desired destination. The Fort Collins area is brimming with unique shelters of all sorts, and we’re sharing a sneak peek at some of our favorites here.
The Armstrong Hotel
This beloved centerpiece of Old Town Fort Collins since 1923 reopened in April 2020 following a comprehensive renovation and redesign, with expanded lobby, upgraded suites and a complete interior refresh. Don’t miss: Ace Gillett’s Lounge for classic cocktails and a speakeasy vibe.
The luxe 164-room Elizabeth Hotel in Old Town pays tribute to FoCo’s deep-rooted music scene. Find record players in guest rooms, a musical instrument lending library, a piano and jazz music at the rooftop Sunset Lounge and rock ‘n roll at The Magic Rat live music venue on-site. Don’t miss: three over-the-top themed suites – Beer & Bike, Music; and The Green and Gold Room.
Distinctive Home Rentals
With a repurposed AT&T billboard as a cover and a wraparound porch affording unobstructed views, this off-grid yurt, bookable at Airbnb.com, is truly one-of-a-kind. No power translates to a true adventure, but there are plenty of home comforts, too. A stay at The Yurt includes candles, battery-powered string lights, a portable charger, kitchenette with propane stove, BBQ grill and an original Mongolian wood stove. Don’t miss: a winter bonfire in the outdoor fire pit.
Historic Canyon Cottage
This Poudre Canyon getaway encourages you to unplug. The one-bedroom cottage, bookable on Airbnb.com, features a fully stocked kitchen, cozy living area with warm fireplace, king bedroom and completely remodeled bathroom. Don’t miss: the private hiking trail and the peace (no cell service).
This locally owned Fort Collins favorite features boutique studio apartments that are more like vacation rentals than hotel rooms. Apartments feature private baths, work areas, living spaces and full kitchens. And the location can’t be beat. Don’t miss: the chance to choose your favorite studio – The Hemingway; The Autumn; The FoCo; or The Bohemian.
Fort Collins/Lakeside KOA
Located in the northwest corner of Fort Collins, just five minutes from Colorado State University (CSU), this cool KOA features deluxe and basic cabin rentals, as well as RV and tent sites. Don’t miss: the private hot tub sites (seasonal).
Fernweh Inn & Hostel
A Registered Historic Landmark in the Four-Square-Style, within walking distance of Old Town Fort Collins, this unassuming hostel features private rooms at very reasonable rates. The Fernweh is family-friendly and affordable by design. Don’t miss: the Private Balcony Room that sleeps four and features on ensuite bathroom, as well as a private balcony.
A winter stay at the Edwards House means you won’t miss a minute of the beauty of Old Town Fort Collins. Featuring premium accommodations, a hearty breakfast and personalized service, this renovated historic Victorian boutique inn takes you back in time while offering the comforts of a modern hotel. Don’t miss: on-site Cedar & Sage Mercantile for sustainable, cruelty-free, eco-friendly living products.
Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort
A true hidden gem located in the Red Feather Lakes region, Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort has lodging options ranging from condos, cottages and cabins, to hotel-style lodge rooms and winter camping sites. Cold weather activities abound in this spectacular setting. Don’t miss: the oldest and longest running snow tube park in Colorado!